THE current controversy about brumbies in Kosciusko National Park reminded me about the ridiculous idea of hosting a polo tournament at Foreshore Park (“Polo comes to Foreshore Park”, Herald 27/4).
Foreshore Park may not have native grasses but the damage by hard-hoofed animals like horses in the park will still occur. Why not hold it at the showground or racecourse?
Leaving aside the obvious problems with parking in a stressed area like the suburb of Newcastle East (aka the East End), particularly with the ongoing schemozzle caused by the tram line construction, do horse riding and polo competitions comply with the park's plan of management, or doesn't that matter? Another dopey council thought bubble, in my opinion.
Keith Parsons, Newcastle
SEEING RED OVER DRIVERS
IN REPLY to the letter of Peter Sansom (Letters 8/6) regarding his fears that rail gates will be reinstalled on Stewart Avenue once the light rail trams are in service, and will thus need to cross this congested main road at the Newcastle Interchange: I have been told these trams will only cross when the north/south traffic lights at Hunter Street and Stewart Avenue are red.
The only fly in the ointment from my point of view is how greedy car drivers will control their urge to enter the "don't proceed unless clear tram zone" which will be clearly marked on the road surface.
Alan Hamilton, Hamilton East
SOME SIMPLE SOLUTIONS
MINISTER for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash may well be on solid ground with her refusal to attend the Federal Court to give evidence in the Australian Workers’ Union raid fiasco.
My understanding is that Senator Cash, as any other Australian citizen could, can seek to have a court issued subpoena set aside on a number of grounds. Included among such grounds are (A) that giving evidence could pose a threat to the national interest, or (B) that giving evidence could be self-incriminating. Option (B) on face value, would appear to be the most problematic option. If Minister Cash’s strident declarations of innocence do have substance, in my opinion a reasonable person would expect Senator Cash to be demanding her day in court rather than seeking to avoid it.
Senator Cash’s fight against obeying the federal court subpoena has cost Australian taxpayers $600,000 with an expectation of this amount increasing by some thousands with each passing day. How much longer will Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull allow this costly ego trip to raid the public purse?
Barry Swan, Balgownie
WE ALL PAY OUR OWN WAY
IT WOULD be hard to argue that Australia has not got one of the best societies in the world, despite bad governance and attempts by government to downgrade it.
In my view that society is built and funded by those that by some are called “leaners”, those people who pay no net tax. But isn’t it the tax that they do pay while working that funds all those systems that make it such a great society? In actual fact, it seems to me they are paying for their own services. These services are also utilized by the “lifters” –people who are doing very nicely and paying (or supposed to be paying) the tax rate relevant to their income.
Their tax is not carrying the disabled or the worn-out pensioner but is where the billions come from that are wasted in unnecessary wars, badly run immigration policies and a myriad of reviews, duplication, and tax concessions to the wealthy. It goes on the waste of a government that has lost its way. It remains to be seen if that good society can survive the changing attitude that ignorance is bliss and greed is good.
Allan Earl, Thornton
TEAR UP THE WEEPY SCRIPT
OVER the past couple of months I have come across the tail end of all these TV programs where people are weeping. I say get a real problem! There is one show with houses, and when they give scores at the end contestants who fare poorly weep. Footballers who are injured and being interviewed if they can't play they weep.
Cricketers who cheat at football appear on TV you guessed it - weeping! And the piece de resistance is some people who are cooking and don't win (don't they realise there is only one winner in any competition) they weep. It is a cooking show for heaven's sake - suck it up people and grow a backbone!
Janice Armstrong, Charlestown
DELIVER ON THE PROMISES
AUSTRALIA Post rely on their delivery drivers to ensure that items arrive at the correct address and are put in a safe place. Recently, my experiences with this system have been awful.
I received emails informing me that 2 packages had been delivered. When I could not find them, I contacted AP and was informed that they had photo evidence of the 'safe drop' at my house. Case closed.
A follow-up call to ask for details revealed that the front door was not mine - I do not have a floral door mat! Yesterday, I was home all day but at 5pm I found a card in my mail box informing me that delivery was not possible and that I could collect my package from the Post shop - not The Junction nor Newcastle - but Jesmond!
Several calls later, it was located at Newcastle post office. Internet shoppers beware, and if you received my packages by mistake it would be wonderful if you could deliver them to me at the address on the package.
Gwen Tonge, Cooks Hill
IT WAS ALREADY IN THE BANK
I NOTE the outrage of Tony Hodges (Letters 7/6) and his commentary about the banking royal commission and the Commonwealth Bank being fined $700 million, as well as other similar commentary in the media regarding criminal cartel charges brought against several other banks.
In both instances, investigations took several years and it is only coincidence that these consequences have come to light at the same time as this royal commission.
The point being, this work was already in train and would have come about regardless of whether a royal commission had been held or not. It would be much better to use an example of something that was actually uncovered by the royal commission.
Zenon Helinski, Newcastle
LETTER OF THE WEEK
THE pen goes to Ian Wright, of Cameron Park, for his letter on the Newcastle Maritime Museum collection.